The FDA inspected six farms that are operated by Wright County Egg and Quality Egg and three Hillandale Farms locations. The FDA found rodents, piles of manure, and uncaged birds at the farms, which is a violation. Some facilities had manure piles up to eight feet high.
According to CNN
The report said Quality Egg and Wright County Egg workers did not always wear protective clothing, that birds were in storage and milling facilities, and feed bins had rusted holes and gaps. Inspectors also found maggots, and in some areas, "live and dead flies were too numerous to count."
Inspections at three Hillandale farms found -- among other things -- rodents and rodent holes, liquid manure leaking into a chicken house and uncaged chickens tracking manure from a manure pit into a caged hen house, the inspectors said.
According to the FDA, new egg safety rules went into effect after the eggs sickened around 1,470 people. The inspectors stated that the farms didn’t adhere to the salmonella prevention plans. The investigators found salmonella in the chicken feed and in the barns.
Health officials plan to launch an inspection program to investigate other facilities.
FDA officials said at a conference call on Monday that there was salmonella in the water that was used to wash eggs at the Hillandale farm.
"Regarding the positive finding in the egg wash water, it is important to note that after washing, all the eggs are rinsed with water containing chlorine as an additional sanitation step," said Hillandale spokeswoman Julie DeYoung.
The FDA said that the companies have been aware of the new egg-safety rule for over a year now.
These rules made by the FDA and took into effect in July, will reduce similar salmonella outbreaks.